Monday, January 26, 2015

Penn State (No. 15) passes Michigan State and Wisconsin in coaches' poll

Penn State jumped four spots to No. 15 in the USA TODAY coaches' poll released Sunday after its 10-7 win over Illinois on Saturday.

Penn State (No. 15) passes Michigan State and Wisconsin in coaches' poll

Penn State, which squeaked out a 10-7 win over Illinois on Saturday, jumped four spots to No. 15 in the USA TODAY coaches' poll released Sunday.

The Nittany Lions (8-1, 5-0 Big Ten), the lone team undefeated in Big Ten play, are now ranked higher than Michigan State (No. 16) and Wisconsin (No. 17) in the coaches' poll. Nebraska is No. 9 and Michigan is No. 13.

Penn State also checked in at No. 16, five spots higher than last week, in the AP poll that was released Sunday.

Four other Big Ten teams are ranked in the AP Top 25: Nebraska (No. 9), Michigan (No. 13), Michigan State (No. 15) and Wisconsin (No. 19). 

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The BCS standings will be released Sunday night. Penn State was No. 19 in last week's standings.

About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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